Synopsis by Hal Erickson
On this whimsical CBS dramedy with mystical overtones, Amber Tamblyn starred as Joan Girardi, an awkward, underachieving teenage girl. As the daughter of Arcadia's newly installed police chief, Will Girardi (Joe Mantegna), and the sister of a former high-school athletic star now confined to a wheelchair, Joan was pretty much resigned to the fact that she herself was nothing special, and never would be. Imagine Joan's surprise when she began receiving visits from God, who showed up in variety of mortal guises. It was possible that Joan was merely imagining these celestial drop-ins -- and just as possible that our heroine had been "chosen" for a higher purpose in life (though the deity didn't bother to tell her what that purpose was, but merely said that he needed her "to do some errands"). Joan of Arcadia debuted September 26, 2003.
God, parent/child-relationship, first-love, high-school, teenagers, family, police, underachiever